Muhyiddin’s folly

Ali Kadir
The Malaysian Insider
Nov 18, 2011

NOV 18 — Now I know why Najib Razak is always out of the country: the prime minister wants to show us what he also knows — that he has a pretty mediocre deputy.

Muhyiddin Yassin is at best of mentri besar quality, but unfortunately because of the dysfunctional system of Umno’s president and deputy president being given the number one and number two leadership posts in Malaysia, Muhyiddin is one position away from being the PM.

His handling of the National Feedlot Corporation scandal has been ridiculous and shifty. From the beginning he has tried to shift the responsibility of explaining the project to Noh Omar and others but he was the man who helmed the Agriculture Ministry which promoted and endorsed this project!!!

Today, he is quoted as saying that he leaves it to the public to accept or reject the explanation put forward by Mohamed Salleh of the National Feedlot Corporation but quickly says that as far as the government is concerned, these are all stories created by the Opposition.

Really? But the failure of the feedlot project was highlighted by the Auditor General, not Anwar Ibrahim or Lim Kit Siang.

And the last time I checked, it was Mohamed Salleh and family who bought that plush condominium in Bangsar.

In addition, it was not Anwar or Nik Aziz who paid RM26,000 to cover the expenses of their spouses but rather the NFC which paid the expenses of Shahrizat Jalil, the Cabinet minister.

The sad fact is that Muhyiddin has stopped representing the people and has abdicated his role as guardian of public finances.

He can’t even acknowledge wrongdoing and mismanagement when it stares him in the face.

  1. #1 by waterfrontcoolie on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 12:00 am

    The problem with BN is their leaders are so CONFIDENT of pulling every trick in the book all these years, especially since the early 80s, they still think Malaysians can still be fooled and covered with blinkers in the 21st century! It is an insult thrown at all Malaysians whom we all hope will be awaken by now! Notwithstanding the AG opened this can of worms; due respect should be given to the Oppostion for drawing out the worm step be step; after supposedly Brain had been drawn into the open arena! Keep the momentum going until the next GE!

  2. #2 by pwcheng on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 12:37 am

    What can we expect from our DPM. You cant expect a man with cow brains to think intelligently to get out of this tight situation, especially he has contributed part of the problem.

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 12:50 am

    I repeat what I have said before – it will be a nightmare if our DPM becomes PM!

  4. #4 by monsterball on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 4:14 am

    DPM can keep dreaming to be PM.
    It will be PR government after 13th GE.
    They need to keep talking like that to program voters to vote for BN…forever and ever.
    13th GE will finish the unfinished task of 12th GE.
    As you can see…after 12th end to all sorts of stunts applied by UMNO b.
    They know their days are numbered but like poker payers…they will bluff..keep smiling and hope voters will take the bait before…like as if we have no choice…they are holding all the four aces…and we give in…inspite of the fact…we are holding 2 Kings…two Queens.

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 8:02 am

    This DPM think running a country is like running a kampung inherited from a Penghulu father..

  6. #6 by k1980 on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 10:05 am

    Et tu, Hatir? Then falls Ah Koon….but how come your mamak sister doesn’t have to quit over her cows and condos?

  7. #7 by Cinapek on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 10:08 am

    As I watched this comedy of errors unfold, I shudder to think of how this beautiful country of ours will end up in the not too distant future.

    When we have political leaders rushing to defend an all too clear case of criminally misusing public funds and when that failed, they try to shift the blame on the Opposition for the scandal is, to my mind, the worst kind of abdication of responsiblity.
    There is no sense of shame or accountability for their wanton acts of wastage of mega sums of taxpayers’ money, which could have been put to better use.

    How could the Govt made a “loan” of RM250m to a company run by a person who could not tell the difference between a recurrent income and a one off rebate? And also hoping to get away with exorbitant claims of RM70,000 monthly rentals when the highest rental that condo block could fetch is only RM24000? Who was he trying to fool? The pygmies in darkest Congo or the cows he was trying to rear? And I am not sure of the qualifications and abilities of the children who are helping him. They look mighty young to be handling a RM250m portfolio. I am sure if this same company ask any commercial banks for a RM250,000 loan for this project with such dubious credentials, they will be shown the door in double quick time.

    So, on what criteria did the Govt approved the RM250m “loan”? Simply because it is run by the family of a minister? That, to my mind stinks and deserves a thorough investigation by the MACC, though they have also in double quick time washed their hands off this hot potato. They are busy with RM2500 investigations of Opposition purchase of banners and causing people they are investigating to mysteriously fall to the death from the windows of their offices.

    One has to be suspicious of the strenous effort from the top UMNO leaders to try to justify this scandal. Are there more to just a case of stupid approval for large sums of money for a badly managed project? Methinks the money trail should be followed to its end. I suspect we would be very surprised. And don’t expect the PDRM to get to the bottom of this. They are busy gearing up to tear gas the impending Bersih3 rally and intimidating those even remotely involved with Seksualiti Merdeka.

  8. #8 by k1980 on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 10:24 am

    Will there also be a review of Altan’s death?

    There have always been questions about Wood’s death on Nov. 29, 1981, with renewed attention on the case as the anniversary neared. The case’s re-opening and a public call for information are the first hint that the official account may need revision.

    The boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, said Friday on NBC’s “Today” show that he lied to investigators about events on the yacht Splendour when he was interviewed after Wood’s death.

    Davern accused Wagner of having a fight with Wood before she went missing and delaying the search for her after she disappeared.

  9. #9 by loveandgratitude on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 10:53 am

    Should Mooyidin ever become PM he will also be ‘easy meat’ for S’pore. They knows the skeletons in his cupboard.

  10. #10 by casperclc on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 11:32 am

    He may be foolish and look it too but this DPM has his backers while they await the opportunity to give Najib the shove.

    Being from Johore, he has sizable support that outnumber Najib – while Najib proves vulnerable even in Pekan. The easiest way to oust Najib would be to ‘sabo’ his re-election campaign in Pekan itself (big hint Mr.DPM) and don’t think it’s not happening.

  11. #11 by rockdaboat on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 11:36 am

    What do you expect from an old man who is only fit to plough the padi field in his kampung?

  12. #12 by limkamput on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 11:41 am

    What can you expect from a Malay First DPM? Can someone aspiring for national leadership harbouring such a parochial and archaic world view? I don’t think he is stupid. He is incompetent. Out of his incompetency, like many, he is deliberately demonstrating his defiance by indulging in racism and arrogance, quite similar to Tee Abdullah type. This is the only way he can score some points – not by engaging in rational and coherent discussion of issues confronting this nation but by resorting to third world tribalism. Look around you; all incompetent and inept people do that. They offer no rational and workable solutions to problems, they have no ideas, they can’t counter argue issues, and they are hopelessly lack of knowledge of events happening around them. They don’t read – no newspapers, no magazine, no novels, and no research papers. They don’t look at numbers, statistics, and trends; all these are too difficult and mundane to them. They follow policies and read speeches formulated and written by civil servants who are equally blind. Welcome to Malaysia’s oligarchy.

  13. #13 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Give credit to Jeswan Kaur for coming up with the description of Muhiyiddin that is most accurate – leader of the pack of UNREFORMED within UMNO/BN that lead to 308..

  14. #14 by SENGLANG on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 3:23 pm

    The current DPM is one the worst DPM so far we could have. Hoping he never go one step further otherwise it will a definite disaster for all the Malaysian people.

    He has said many thing that are unwise and simply has no courage to admit what has been wrongs.

    When his own Bung ask for her resignation he come fast to said otherwise and further said that Bung should not say so because they are all the same people.

    How could you as DPM ask the people to decide to accept or other wise? The fact is simple here. The soft loans which has been given out at a favorable interest rate and not even mentioned any repayment period ie as good as grant, the loans are for the purpose of operating the Cattle Feedlot and for the production of cattle and now NFC has used it for an investment that has no related in anyway with the cattle raring project. It is simply breach of trust and it is simply abused the funds.

    Now it was more ridiculous that NFC’s boss, a person who is a PHD holder come on to justify that investment by giving misleading information. It is ok if he could not under stand financial term but he could most possibly able to get sound advise from those who has the knowledge.

    It was clear that they have committed wrong doing and refused to admit it.

    We must understand that it was the question the realty estate investment is a good one or a bad one, but it is simply not allowed to use that government loans to investment other the activities relate to the cattle projects.

    Never a responsible government will allocate the tax payers money to anybody to investment in real estate. So his explanation is trying to fool the people of Malaysia.

    Let see what the agency will come to the rescue. Maybe the agency in blue will come out with a better justification

  15. #15 by boh-liao on Saturday, 19 November 2011 - 6:59 pm

    UmnoB is so blessed with a nation so easi 2 govern n M’sia (with a high population of Malays) is so blessed with UmnoB as d dominant political party: Ngam ngam lor

  16. #16 by monsterball on Sunday, 20 November 2011 - 5:28 pm

    yea…where there is plenty of money….who does not know how to govern a country or a company?

  17. #17 by on cheng on Monday, 21 November 2011 - 8:55 pm

    NFC, just another messed up, scewed up… project by BN !
    Just when ordinary Msian would wake up n throw this govt away ??

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